The ArtCat calendar is closed as of December 31, 2012. Please visit Filterizer for art recommendations.



Bettina WitteVeen: Bruder, Zur Sonne, Zur Freiheit, and the Beat Goes On

1014 Fifth Avenue, 212-439-8700
Upper East Side
June 9 - July 14, 2006
Reception: Thursday, June 8, 8 - 10 PM
Web Site

An installation of The Heart of Darkness

Bettina WitteVeen draws a tight parallel between the youthful ardor of New York’s revolutionary Beat Generation poets and activists in the 1950’s and the explosive idealism of the “Geniezeit,” Goethe’s tight-knit circle of colleagues in the period when he wrote Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774) and J.M.R. Lenz wrote Die Soldaten (1776).

In the same spirit of Goethe, including the technical significance of Bruchstücke or fragments as well as the rhythmic pulse or “beat,” WitteVeen’s “photographic poem” brings an uncanny beauty to scenes that represent some of the darkest, most raw memories of world history, including chaos, genocide, war and terrorism, and the darker side of young fanaticism when the anthems of dissent become dissonant.

Although the individual elements of the work are fragments, the whole is held in an allegory of remarkable integrity.
Have photos of this show? Tag them with artcal-2579 to see them here.